Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Mead Forum > How often to change the airlock?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-18-2010, 10:02 PM   #1
brianh
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3
Default How often to change the airlock?

I started a mead 2 months ago. I brought it out to rack over when I noticed a little mold in the airlock. I took a taste and it has a sour taste to it. I had filled the airlock with my iodaphor solution left over from sanitizing the jug.

How often am I supposed to check on the airlock and replace the water in it?

__________________
brianh is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 12:11 AM   #2
CandleWineProject
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 593
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I usually fill mine with vodka so that nothing can grow in it, and if the air pressure forces some of it into my batch, no harm from vodka. I just have to keep topping it off because it evaporates faster than water.

__________________
CandleWineProject is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 02:11 AM   #3
Yan
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 168
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

Default

Just check on them once in a while to see if they need topping up. I can't help but check my brews somewhat regularly, just to see how they're going, especially when they're in secondary. I quickly notice if the level in the airlock goes down.

I use either vodka or a sulfite solution in them, and I've never had a problem with them going foul.

__________________
Yan is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 02:17 PM   #4
brianh
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 3
Default

It hadn't lost too much due to evaporation. There was still plenty of water in the airlock to prevent air passing through, it just had mold growing in it.

People leave their meads and wines for months to age, other than using vodka (which I may start doing), what do others do?

Also, on the vodka front. How often do you check on the airlock to see if it needs topping up? And how often when you check it does it actually need topping up?

BTW: It was the mead, not the water that when tasted had a strong sour taste. I didn't taste the moldy water.

__________________
brianh is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 02:57 PM   #5
BadKarma
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW Mo
Posts: 270
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I'm a bit OCD about my batches, so I'm looking in on them about everyday.

__________________
Asgard Brewery
Ales to the Gods

Don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway.


Primary: Apple Honey Cyser
Secondary:
Secondary: Apfelwein
Bottled: Broken Arrow Bitters (got a case and a 1/2 gal)
Drinking: Grolsch
Up Next: SMaSH ESB of my own creation
BadKarma is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 03:01 PM   #6
goose1873
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 675
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

sarstan works...I usually use that or vodka. I would use a sterile airlock each time you rack.

__________________

You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.
----Frank Zappa

goose1873 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 03:09 PM   #7
jezter6
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: DARLINGTON, MARYLAND
Posts: 4,312
Liked 14 Times on 14 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I switch out the airlock at every racking, and I look to top up the starsan/vodka/whatever every 2-3 weeks or so. Sometimes I lapse and have some fairly dry airlocks...

Warmer temps tend to evap the water quickly, so beware the stuff in warmer fermentation rooms. My airlocks upstairs went dry after ~3 weeks in spring temps.

__________________
http://www.survivalsupplyhq.com
jezter6 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 03:20 PM   #8
CandleWineProject
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Pacific NW
Posts: 593
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have several batches in various stages, so when ever I futz with one, I check the airlocks on the others, about every 2 weeks or so. The 3-piece airlocks require refilling more often than the S locks. It sort of also depends on how vigorous the initial ferment went. The faster the bubbles were, the more evaporation that happened of the vodka. So maybe I refill one after about 3 months?

__________________
CandleWineProject is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-19-2010, 04:11 PM   #9
Gremlyn
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 2,524
Liked 24 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

Iodophor doesn't stay good for more than a day, so don't use it in your airlock. Once the colour is gone, it no longer works, and light breaks down the colour very quickly. Use cheap vodka... $10 buys 1.75L and it'll last you forever. I just check my airlocks every few days and top them off with vodka.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
I'm a fan of "getting it in the can"!
Gremlyn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-20-2010, 05:14 PM   #10
BadKarma
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SW Mo
Posts: 270
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gremlyn1 View Post
Iodophor doesn't stay good for more than a day, so don't use it in your airlock. Once the colour is gone, it no longer works, and light breaks down the colour very quickly. Use cheap vodka... $10 buys 1.75L and it'll last you forever. I just check my airlocks every few days and top them off with vodka.
Best advice you can get on this!
__________________
Asgard Brewery
Ales to the Gods

Don't worry about life, you're not going to survive it anyway.


Primary: Apple Honey Cyser
Secondary:
Secondary: Apfelwein
Bottled: Broken Arrow Bitters (got a case and a 1/2 gal)
Drinking: Grolsch
Up Next: SMaSH ESB of my own creation
BadKarma is offline
Gremlyn Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Secondary in the Keg - Airlock or No Airlock? Chello Bottling/Kegging 12 03-26-2012 11:41 AM
Noob: To airlock or not to airlock the primary? Gabrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 03-29-2011 06:28 PM
Temperature Change Effect on Airlock wetherel Lambic & Wild Brewing 2 11-04-2009 04:01 PM
Another first AG...for a change PalmBeachPaul All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 4 07-13-2008 08:05 PM
junk in the 3 stage airlock..need to change? daum Equipment/Sanitation 3 09-18-2007 03:37 AM